Librarians As Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook
Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook by Carol Smallwood is a very informative and interesting read. The audience of this handbook would primarily be librarians as well as individuals aspiring to become a librarian. This handbook has terrific ideas for how to get the community involved with the media center. I adore the idea of having an Edible Book Contest, in which people submit edible dishes that are related to books. This handbook points out that the planning and advertisement for this event starts three months before the actual event. This is a good rule of thumb for any event with the community, give yourself lots of time to plan and advertise. This handbook also mentions that they learn something new each time they have the event and they make plans for improvements for the following year. Creating a Docent Committee of people to best serve the needs of the library is also discussed in this resource. The section of the handbook that specifies successful marketing promotion for the first day of class to increase awareness of library services especially stood out as helpful to me. The handbook specifies that they made flyers to hand out and used colorful fonts and even attached Life Saver candy rolls to get attention. This handbook as a whole has great marketing ideas and advice on how to reach out to the community. I noticed that most of the examples are focused on University Libraries, but as an Elementary Media Specialist, I also found value in this handbook.
Grades: 12th and up. Subject(s): Library Outreach. Overall rating: 8.
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